Milan | De Minaur mirrors favourites results

The tournament favourite from Greece, Stefanos Tsitsipas, romped into the semi-finals of the ATP’s Next Gen Finals in Milan where the best seven under 21-players on the Tour and a local wildcard, make up the field.

It's been a hell of a year. I've enjoyed every second of it and it's given me a hunger for more Alex de Minaur

Tsitsipas won his last Round Robin match to finish unbeaten at the top of Group A. His last victim was Poland’s No.1, Hubert Hurkacz who, despite a strong second set comeback, was swept aside 4-1 4-3(2) 4-1.

Having dropped just one set in three matches, the Greek world ranked 15, is certainly the star of the show and he is relishing it.

“I’m playing well, I’m feeling well, and I’m happy to be the star,” said Tsitsipas, 20.

“But I know there’s another star who had three wins in a row in the other part of the draw. So the tournament is not over yet.”

He is referring to his likely final adversary, the young Australian Alex de Minaur, who mirrored his three group wins by dominating the Group B Round Robin matches, completing his clean sweep with a 4-3(8) 4-1 4-2 win over American Taylor Fritz, recovering well from a losing position in the first set.

“It’s definitely a big surprise. I never expected almost anything that happened this year,” said the player from Sydney. “It’s been a hell of a year. I’ve enjoyed every second of it and it’s given me a hunger for more.

“I just had to dig deep,” the 19-year-old added. “I was down and out there and I managed to scrap my way [back] with a couple good returns and a couple long rallies.”

“I managed to get that one cheap point and was able to serve it out so that first set was crucial.”

However both players have to get through the semi-finals first to set up what could well be a very intriguing final between these two future stars of the game.

Tsitsipas faces last year’s losing finalist, Andrey Rublev who eased past Italian wild card Liam Caruana 4-3(7) 4-1 4-2 to book his place in the last four as Group B runner-up, with hopes to improve on last year’s performance.

De Minaur perhaps the easier task as he takes on Jaume Munar of Spain who surprisingly beat the American Frances Tiafoe 4-1 4-3(3) 4-1 to finish second in his Group and snatch that last semi-final slot.

 






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